April 10th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
6 years ago

Polls: Clinton's lead down to 4 points in Pennsylvania

A New CNN poll of polls shows Clinton with a 4 point lead in Pennsylvania.
A New CNN poll of polls shows Clinton with a 4 point lead in Pennsylvania.

(CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's lead over Sen. Barack Obama in the crucial primary state of Pennsylvania has dwindled to 4 points, a CNN average of recent polls calculated Thursday shows.

The New York senator now holds a 4 point advantage over her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, 46 to 42 percent. Twelve percent of likely Democratic voters there remain unsure.

Recent CNN "poll of polls" suggest the race in Pennsylvania is tightening before the state's April 22 primary. A poll of polls calculated two days ago showed Clinton with a 6 point lead in Pennsylvania, and a poll of polls last Friday showed her on top by 11 points.

“Obama is outspending Clinton by better than two to one on television ads in Pennsylvania,” said Alan Silverleib, CNN’s senior political researcher. “Combine that with Clinton’s recent misstatement over her 1996 trip to Bosnia and the escalating chorus of voices calling on her to withdraw from the race, and you get a much tighter contest.”

Thursday's poll of polls included recent surveys from Time Magazine, American Research Group, and Quinnipiac University.

soundoff (153 Responses)
  1. Divanto

    Time for HCR to throw the kitchen sink at BO.

    April 10, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. An American in Canada

    I still do not believe these polls!

    What I do believe is that when the citizens of Pennsylvania get into the

    polling booths that is when a clear decision of whom they will want

    as their next president, and I do believe it will be Hillary R. Clinton.

    She will be a President with Solutions

    She will be a President with Honor

    She will be a President for all Americans

    She will be a President with good Policies in Education, Health Care

    Economy and Foreign Relations and Ending the War in Iraq.

    That is what they will realize once they place their vote for Hillary!

    April 10, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Ex-Hillary supporter

    Obviously the voters of Pennsylvania are smarter than Clinton gives them credit for and are not going to be fooled any longer by her "misspoken" words.
    I gave her the benefit of the doubt too many times, but now, along with millions of others, make small donations to the Obama campaign.
    It is encouraging to see these contributions being put to good use, rather than squandered on luxury living as happened in the early days of the Clinton fiasco.

    April 10, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. joel from Miami

    It's time for Hillary to quit and go retire in England with Elton. And finally enjoy her $109 Millions

    April 10, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. TK

    Obama, look out for the kitchen. Question: Why do HRC supporters like to type with CAPS? (It seems like they are mimicking her "in your face" attitude).

    April 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. lime

    This is what the Obama loving media would like us to believe. Truth is Hillary will crush Obama by 10 or more %. Again CNN and MSNBC, are trying to decide the primarys.

    April 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Will

    I voted for Hill in our states primary, but she is out.
    She needs to win a combined total of 60% of the outstanding super delegates and state delegates to lock the nomination; Obama needs only 44%.
    So the fact that Penn polls indicates a 4% lead means she is losing. So why is this even news?

    April 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. Don - Indiana

    Sen Obama is speaking here in my Indiana town on Saturday. Close to 3000, some of whme waited over 3 hours in line, showed up. For a town and state that traditionally votes Republican there sure is a lot o enthusiasm for Obama here!

    Let's change things together!

    April 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. DM, Arlington TX

    Hillary Clinton is breaking the federal election law and no one is reporting this? why is that.

    They was behind the Canada NAFTA smear campaign against Barack Obama and no one covered it when the truth came out.

    April 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Sean

    Let's hope we can close the door and move on after PA.

    April 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Robin

    Don't underestimate Mrs. Clinton. She does everything (EVERYTHING) to win PA. She might cry (NH) or go mad (OH) to try to scare voters (TX) or make up a new fake story to infulence the voters' mind right before April 22. And at April 23 who cares how she won.

    April 10, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. Mike

    4 points is within the margin of error...it's all tied up.

    April 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Tanya, Chicago

    Too bad for America

    April 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Simba

    ...and the chicken is finally coming home to roost and ROAST too!

    April 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Mike, land O Lakes, FL

    No matter which candidate you support, I think its time for us to unite behined a single candidate and defeat McBush in the general election. The earlier the nomination comes to an end the better.

    April 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Alex H

    "Combine that with Clinton’s recent misstatement over her 1996 trip to Bosnia and the escalating chorus of voices calling on her to withdraw from the race, and you get a much tighter contest."

    Don't forget the Mark Penn incident that pushed away union votes! Oh and her lie about the pregnant woman! Oh and the fact that she's ridiculously wealthy! Oh and the fact that she opposes things that her husband makes money for supporting (Dubai)!

    I think I got them all... at least the most recent ones.

    April 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. David

    The RealClearPolitics "poll of polls" had Clinton's average lead at 7.8 points

    April 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Michael Lorton, Virginia

    Everybody keeps beating the drums with Pennsylvania polls. Hillary is probably going to win Pennsylvania, but not by the double digits she has anticipated.......but then it doesn't matter.....she can make up the difference in the gap of delegates and popular votes by which Obama is leading......CNN is beating a dead horse......need to focus on something else.......and by the way.........what a waste of CNN air time on the Olympic torch event.......Cafferty files rate and deserve better than that. He is most interesting and informational that watching some carry a candle in San Francisco.

    April 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Deb, IN

    Sorry Obama, money can't buy my vote here in Indiana.

    April 10, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. John

    Bye Bye Hillary !!!!!

    April 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Timothy

    Hopefully, it is coming to a closure for the Clinton regime. Mr. Obama spend the money if she had it she'll be doing the same thing.

    April 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. TF

    Clinton has obviously shown she can't manage or win the general election. Didn't she start with a 14% lead.

    April 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  23. Alex

    Why is CNN so biased towards Obama. Everything he does is good and everything Hillary does is bad. CNN you are so biased.

    Obama 08!!

    April 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Gebriel

    While Im still hesitant about these polls, I do believe she is losing ground. Those double digit leads in PA are gone and that kitchen sink is about to be thrown at him once again. You can kind of sense, she is about to gut check him soon.

    Obama 08

    April 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. CO Ted

    Well, this is good news. But I won't hold my breath until the actual voting takes place. Remember New Hampshire?

    April 10, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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